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Conflict Orientations Assertive Passive Uncooperative Cooperative Conflict Orientations Nonconfrontational Styles - Avoidance (f, j, o) o Unassertive, uncooperative (some topics that you just don’t talk about, nothing productive will come from it, only creates negativity) Benefit: impossible to fight every fight, some issues too small and not worth fighting them Negative: people let things go and it later snowballs into something bigger, issue becomes much more difficult for the relationship to handle- can lead to misunderstandings and resentment, disappointment; for this reason it’s low concern for yourself because you don’t really care and it’s low concern for others Scenario : Chris and Pat have been roommates for years, and every fall they have a conflict about the TV Chris loves Monday night football, and Pat hates football but likes a chef show on Monday nights; Every Monday night they have a conflict about what to watch. o Lose-lose Ex: They avoid the conflict; they don’t discuss the issue because neither wants a fight. Neither one reaches for the remote, so they don’t watch either show. - Accommodation (c, k, n) o Unassertive, Cooperative (one person gains, other loses; effectiveness of this is a determinate of motivation; it leads to a positive scenario if you are motivated by caring and love, but a negative relationship if you are motivated by deceit); “take one for the team”- you want to give in you’re going to lose the fight but win the battle o Lose-win (one person chooses to lose) Low concern for yourself, but high concern for others
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Benefit: you’re willing to sacrifice for another person
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2012 for the course COM 134 taught by Professor Frymier during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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